Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Arneil, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ward, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Vanwynsberghe, Robert Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Duff, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hamelin, Richard Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kelly, Deirdre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Brubacher, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Wasserman, Wyeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Doebeli, Michael Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Zoology
Finlay, B Brett Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Ho, Kendall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Giammarino, Ronald Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Jatskevich, Juri Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Chang, Thomas Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Gibson, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Loewen, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Rogers, Theresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Rabkin, Simon Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Cox, Daniel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Sork, Tom Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Dipple, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Martindale, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Garlappi, Lorenzo Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Rossi, Fabio Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medical Genetics
Elmo, Davide Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Momose, Takamasa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Goldenberg, S Larry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Olson, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sunderland, Terence Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Aronson, Meigan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ortner, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics

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Reaching Out Tips

Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.